'''Marcus Tullius Cicero''' (; ; , ''Kikerōn''; 3 January 106 BC – 7 December 43 BC) was a Ancient Rome|Roman philosopher
, List of political theorists|political theorist
, Roman consul|consul
, and Constitution of the Roman Republic|constitutionalist
. He came from a wealthy Municipium|municipal
family of the Roman equestrian order
, and is considered one of Rome's greatest orators and prose stylists.
[Elizabeth Rawson|Rawson, E.: ''Cicero, a portrait'' (1975) p.303] [Haskell, H.J.: ''This was Cicero'' (1964)p.300–301]
His influence on the Latin
language was so immense that the subsequent history of prose in not only Latin but European languages up to the 19th century was said to be either a reaction against or a return to his style.
According to Michael Grant (author)|Michael Grant